Group asking for donations to help replace technology destroyed during flood

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Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 11:49 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A group is asking for help to make sure schools damaged by floodwaters have the technology they need this fall.

Leadership West Virginia Alumni Education Committee is working with state leaders and community organizations to raise funds and secure replacement technology for schools in the impacted areas.

“While we don’t have a clear assessment of the losses our schools have suffered with regard to technology, we do know there are a number of schools that have been completely devastated,” said Sterling Beane, Chief Information Officer of the West Virginia Department of Education.

According to a news release, equipment such as routers, printers, copiers and other devices such as iPads, laptops and smartboards were destroyed by the flood waters.

Nearly 30 facilities in five counties were impacted. The hardest hit areas include Braxton, Kanawha, Clay, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties.

The funds raised will go directly to the schools to purchase the technology equipment not covered by insurance or other emergency funding, according to the release.

“We are committed to helping with the replacement of technology in the schools affected by flooding by offering support to the West Virginia Department of Education,” said Alisha Maddox, LWV alumni education committee co-chair. “There is an immense and urgent need to secure funding and technology so that our schools can be operational as quickly as possible.”

If you would like to make a financial contribution, click on the link.

The group is also asking business and others to donate equipment they may not be currently using. If you have donations, you're urged to call David Cartwright by August 1 at 304-558-8869 or by email at dcartwri@k12.wv.us. These schools are in need of desktop computers, servers, printers, laptops, iPads, routers and any other technology-related items.